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MLB TO PROPOSE 50-GAME SEASON, FULL PRORATED SALARIES

The negotiations for a 2020 season took yet another turn on Monday

After a week during which Major League Baseball and its players association appeared to be far from an agreement, the league now plans to propose a shorter season with players receiving their full prorated salaries, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.


The regular season would consist of approximately 50 games (roughly one-third of the normal162-game season), Passan adds. The league's goal would be to begin the season in July.

An official proposal has yet been made, but the league believes that the March agreement - which at the time guaranteed prorated salaries - also afforded a mandate to shorten the season without any further union consent, Passan reported. Alternatives to a shortened season are still continuing to be discussed with the union.

This comes shortly after the players' association reportedly countered the league's proposal of an 82-game season - which included tiered pay cuts - with a plan for a 114-game campaign.

One anonymous ownership group called the deal a "non-starter" mere hours after the union sent its proposal.

The original league proposal, received on Tuesday by the MLBPA, included salary cuts divided into tiers based on total earnings, which the union reportedly found disappointing. Shortly after, it was reported that the players' association was preparing an "outlandish" offer in return.



On Sunday, the union's response to the league included full prorated salaries, a 114-game season, and the ability for players to opt out of the 2020 season. In addition, the players have suggested expanding the postseason in 2021 as a way to generate extra revenue, as well as having an offseason Home Run Derby or All-Star events.
JAMES TUBB
JUNE 2, 2020  (11H13)
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